Let’s face it, when you have a larger family, a room at Pop Century stops working for you fairly quickly. My family of my wife and I, a 10-year-old boy, and 5-year-old girl is nearing the point where we will no longer be able to fit in a Value room. Our options are about to be limited to two rooms at a Value Resort or one of the larger accommodations. So, I have begun to look harder at the Fort Wilderness Cabins, remembering a trip we took there a few years ago.
The Cabins are one of two options available for guests at Fort Wilderness, with campsites for tents and RVs as the other. For my family, the Cabins came in handy when we were looking for a way to take my parents with us and fit everyone in a room as cheaply as possible. Since six people can sleep comfortably in the Cabins, that was an easy choice.
You read that right, six people can sleep in the Cabins at one time, with a fold down bed in the wall of the living room, a double bed, and two bunk beds in the only bedroom. The beds are comfortable if not the best design ever. They feature a rustic design with “branches” as the bed frames in the bedroom. Mattresses compare favorably to the Value resorts, but are not quite on the level of the Moderates, although they are close. The one downside of having six people in a Cabin? There’s only one bathroom!
That one issue can cost some time, but a time saver is the fact that if you have a car you can drive directly to the doorstep of your Cabin. How many times have you trudged across the parking lot of your resort after a long day at the parks? In the Cabins, that is not a concern. The proximity to the Magic Kingdom makes it very easy to get to and from the original park for a midday break.
While the price of the Fort Wilderness Cabins can be rather high, topping $300 a night at certain times of the year, they can save you money. In addition to the parking and the ability to fit six people into one room, there is also a kitchen where you can make your own meals. Furthermore, each cabin has a grill outside, where guests can fix meals cooked to order by the head chef of the family. When my family stayed there, we were able to have 4 of the 9 meals we ate on property in the Cabin for a fraction of the price we would have paid in the parks.
The on-site amenities at Fort Wilderness are fantastic. You have access to Trail’s End Restaurant, one of the best dining values on property. Then there is the Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue dinner show, which is expensive but also one of the best dinner shows you will ever see. Then there’s the campfire sing along, pool, carriage rides, horseback riding, and so much more! The drawback to that? The transportation is a bit of a mess. Buses take you from your Cabin to the restaurants and any of the recreation areas, but the system is a bit slow and can be hard to understand for first time guests. It’s not a bad system, and probably the best that could be done in this type of resort, but it’s definitely not ideal for guests who want to hurry around.
If you are one of those guests, I advise you not to stay at the Fort Wilderness Cabins. This is not the resort for commando touring or accomplishing every attraction in the parks. Instead, when my family visited, we found ourselves spending time enjoying the resort amenities, eating in the cabin, and taking a leisurely touring strategy. If you have a larger family and you are looking for a little more relaxation on your trip, then give the Cabins a try.